Bubbles and Broadcast
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
-Proverbs 29:18, KJV
-Proverbs 29:18, KJV
According to Corporate Finance Institute, "A vision statement describes what a company desires to achieve in the long run, generally in a time frame of five to ten years, or sometimes even longer. It depicts a vision of what the company will look like in the future and sets a defined direction for the planning and execution of corporate-level strategies."
At the beginning of a calendar year, a fiscal year, or a birth year, leaders of every culture come out of the woodworks to declare their organization's vision for the coming time period. Envisioning is critical to organizational success. Why? Because without vision, an organization has nothing to work toward.
A few weeks ago, some of our church family were talking about the concept of burnout. Aaron Benson said, "My concept of burnout isn't what people normally think of. Burnout isn't caused by working hard or working too much; it's caused by a person's perceived lack of alignment with a shared vision."
At the end of His ministry on earth, Jesus set the vision for his disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NIV).
Jesus was leaving earth - an end, and the disciples were taking up His ministry - a beginning. As an aside, notice that Jesus exemplified what business leaders still consider one of the most critical aspects of success - vision-casting.
On Sunday Evening at our second birthday celebration, Jurie took a few moments to vision-cast for us. The vision he laid out wasn't new; it was the same vision that Jesus had set for His disciples in Acts Chapter 1. Our vision statement says, "Our vision is to see people telling stories of Jesus changing lives through them." Jurie broke it down for us into two goals - Bubbles... and Broadcast.
Using the analogy of a bubble, along with accounts of Jesus' ministry and the early church, Jurie showed us that our success regarding our vision hinges on our ability to congregate together. We need to invite other disciples into our space, either physically or at least personally. We need to spend time with one another because, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17, NIV). We bolster one another's faith, and we give support to one another in hardship.
Using the analogy of a broadcast, again, along with along with accounts of Jesus' ministry and the early church, Jurie showed us that our success also hinges on our ability to reach out to non-believers. Yes, we can tell stories of Jesus changing the lives of other Christians through us, but the greater change, and the vision Jesus set out at the end of His earthly ministry, comes through reaching beyond our Christian bubble.
While some of us feel isolated, missing the physical interaction with our friends and loved ones, we actually live in a time when it's never been easier to stay in touch. Think about it - we have Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Discord, What's App, Google Hangouts, snail mail, e-mail, blogs, magazines, books, telephones, YouTube, social media, and all of the other technologies I've forgotten. If you want to track somebody down and have a conversation, where there's a will, there's a way.
Need a bubble? Connect with us on YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook. Join (or start) a Life Group (most of which are meeting over Zoom right now). Join a team! Establish your bubble, and really get to know your church family. Then, reach out from your bubble and broadcast the joy you've found in Jesus!